James Kochalka’s ‘Mechaboys’ coming from Top Shelf next year

Two teen boys build their own battle suit to fight bullies in a new graphic novel.

American Elf, Johnny Boo and SuperF*ckers creator (not to mention musician and the first official Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont) James Kochalka returns in March with a new graphic novel from Top Shelf — Mechaboys. The story focuses on two teenagers who build their own battle suit after getting picked on by bullies.

Here’s the publisher’s description:

Two lovable dirtbag teens, tired of being bullied, build a robot battle suit to take revenge on their entire high school. But they never expected to become… kind of popular?

Welcome to the love-child of Superbad, Carrie, Mean Girls, and Transformers. Experience the thrill of keg parties, gym class, bear attacks, first kisses, cafeteria trays, and car crashes… but with mechanical enhancement! It’s an action-packed dark-comedy teen-romance for the ages, from Eisner-Award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka (American Elf, Johnny Boo, Glorkian Warrior). — a 192-page softcover graphic novel with flaps (b&w interiors), 7″ x 7″

Check out a preview below.

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